Irish hotel named best in the world by travel magazine

Other hotels in Waterford and Mayo make the top 10

Irish hotel named best in the world by travel magazine

A bedroom at the Ballyfin Demesne | Image: Condé Nast/Ballyfin Demesne

Several Irish hotels have made it into a list of the top 50 best in the world.

The Ballyfin Demesne in Laois actually topped the list at number one.

Readers of US-based Condé Nast magazine voted in the 2016 Readers' Choice Awards.

Millions of ratings and over 75,000 comments were submitted.

On the Ballyfin Demesne, the publication says: "If you’ve ever dreamed of summering in a country house, you couldn’t do much better than Ballyfin Demesne".

The 20-room restored Georgian home is about an hour and a half north of Dublin.

The swimming pool at the Ballyfin Demesne | Image: Condé Nast/Ballyfin Demesne/James Fennell

"Inside there are gilded mirrors and four-poster canopy beds; outside, you can stroll the 614 acres of secluded private gardens, go horseback riding", it says.

But it adds that the real highlight is "having a butler row you out on the lake before enjoying a sumptuous lunch at the picnic house".

While Waterford Castle came in at number seven, and The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Mayo was voted number nine.

Waterford Castle | Image: Condé Nast/Waterford Castle

On praise for Waterford Castle, the magazine draws attention to "the ivy climbing the turreted stone walls of this stately 16th-century castle".

"In addition to the patterned brocade curtains, intricate wall tapestries, and refined Irish classics (caviar-topped smoked haddock, anyone?) at the Michelin-starred Munster Room".

The castle also sits on its own, 310-acre private island.

For The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Mayo, it says to expect something different.

"Don’t go expecting a fusty, old-fashioned experience: 2015 saw a $75 million renovation of the 13th-century estate, which allowed for such add-ons as a cinema, cigar room, billiard room, and dine-in wine cellars.

"Take the Cranki, the hotel’s 40-foot luxury Italian yacht, out on the river with seven of your closest friends", it adds.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle | Image: Condé Nast/The Lodge at Ashford Castle